Key West will hold a Key Lime Festival during the upcoming 2013 Independence Day holiday weekend. Check the festival’s program for times, locations, and costs. Here are highlights:
Thursday, July 4th
The largest key lime pie ever, expected to exceed 15 feet in diameter, will be sliced and sold to raise money for the Key West Firehouse Museum.
“We’re using one of the non-bake recipes,” says David Sloan, festival co-organizer and author of The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook (2013, Phantom Press, Key West). Sloan wrote in an email, “As for the recipe for the largest pie, I don’t have that just yet. I’m working with Jim Brush of the Key West Key Lime Pie Co and Extreme Chef Paul Menta. They are creating the final recipe based on recipes they have, and we are waiting to hear back from ingredient sponsors to see if we need to tweak it.”
The largest pie will be unveiled at 2 p.m. and a pie-eating contest will follow. These events will take place at Greene and Duval Streets.
Friday, July 5th
A key lime confection makers contest will take place at the Hemingway House and Gardens, 907 Whitehead St. Home cooks and professional bakers will enter pies for judging. The admission ticket for this event includes several pieces of pie.
The Miss Key Lime USA 2013 pageant will be held at the Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead St .
Saturday, July 6th
The Lil’ Miss Key Lime USA 2013 pageant for costumed children aged six to ten years will take place at the Southernmost Hotel Collection’s Pineapple Pool, 1319 Duval St.
How to make a key lime pie
Whipped cream and a traditional flour crust often are used, but such recipes are not historically correct. “Key Lime pie should be yellow with a graham cracker crust and meringue top,” says Sloan.
Sloan and Marky Pierson, a veteran events planner in Key West, learned that no key lime pie festival has taken place in the Keys since the late 1940s. “Key lime pie’s association with the Keys is legendary, and that was enough reason for us to create this event,” Sloan says.
Where to stay
Accommodations in the Keys and Key West can be hard to get and expensive. Before you leave, plan where you want to stay. “Accommodations are still available for the 4th of July weekend,” says Carol Shaughnessy, a publicist for The Monroe County Tourist Development Council. http://www.fla-keys.com/ To find them, visit the council’s Web site and click on Places to Stay. http://www.fla-keys.com/propsearch/accomloc.cfm
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